"Physical quantity" and " Physical reality" in Quantum Mechanics: an epistemological path

Research paper by David Vernette, Michele Caponigro

Indexed on: 05 Dec '06Published on: 05 Dec '06Published in: Quantum Physics


We reconsider briefly the relation between "physical quantity" and "physical reality in the light of recent interpretations of Quantum Mechanics. We argue, that these interpretations are conditioned from the epistemological relation between these two fundamental concepts. In detail, the choice as ontic level of the concept affect, the relative interpretation. We note, for instance, that the informational view of quantum mechanics (primacy of the subjectivity) is due mainly to the evidence of the "random" physical quantities as ontic element. We will analyze four positions: Einstein, Rovelli, d'Espagnat and Zeilinger.